The Lady of Shalott Summary & Study Guide

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Lines 1-9

This poem starts off by giving a visual overview of the situation. The reader is shown the river and the road, and, far in the distance, the towers of Camelot. The people mentioned in this section are not given specific identities, rather, they are common people going about their daily business. It is from their perspective that the poem first shows Shalott, an island in the river.

Lines 19-27

Lines 19-23 focus again on the human activity going on around the island: small river barges pass with heavy loads, small, quick boats called "shallops" skim past the shore around the tower, referred to here as a "margin." With all of this activity, the poem asks who has seen the woman who lives in the tower, implying that she is mysterious, unknown, "veiled."

Lines 37-45

The Lady seems to be happy where she is: her songs echo...

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